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A change of heart (改心, Kaishin)? is a term for an important process in Persona 5 and all of its spinoffs.



A Change of Heart can be explained as a sudden change of behavior on a specific person whose desires had been stolen via the Metaverse or Collective Unconscious' machinations. Victims of a change of heart will become better people, and, usually, they will be burdened by their crimes if they've done any, enough so that they will confess all of their sins to the public. However, it can be used for a variety of more malicious effects, such as apathy, suicide, or to manipulate them into obsession with a particular someone.

This is technically against the law for assault, it is incredibly difficult to trace or catch its culprits without anyone with former experience dealing with the undisclosed Metaverse. Therefore, Persona users such as the Phantom Thieves of Hearts are mandatory for police to track down as culprits.

Persona 5 / Royal[]

Change of Hearts are instigated by the Phantom Thieves of Hearts against rulers of Palaces, untangling their corruption and reforming them. Against minor targets or any target without a personalized Palace, defeating them in the Metaverse and taking their minor Treasure is enough to convince them to return to their real selves. Many also do apologize for their actions and/or genuinely atone and become better people.

However, against major targets with a Palace, their Treasure must be tracked and stolen. If this happens, the Palace will crumble. However, it is necessary for the Shadows selves to return back to their real selves beforehand, so stealing their Treasure and defeating them in battle is normally enough to convince their Shadow selves and have them regain their conscience. In which case, the target's personality will be affected greatly, and on a later day they will decide to confess their crimes to the public and turn themselves in.

As the root of corruption has been taken care of, those who have wronged others under their influence will also come back to their senses and apologize, such as Yuuki Mishima who's been forced to leak the protagonist's criminal record under Suguru Kamoshida's orders and not speaking up against him, as well as the girls who've spread gossip about Ann Takamaki. The party describes them to have also experienced a "change of heart," but only in a metaphorical sense.

Unlike other targets, Kunikazu Okumura did not experience a proper change of heart as his Shadow self both refused to give up on his desires, and was left open for assassination by Goro Akechi, which led him to instead experience a mental shutdown before publicly confessing.

Although the effects of changing their hearts is supposed to make them better people, in reality, more often than not they are converted into apathetic, weeping husks who abandoned the ability to think for themselves. Doing so is fundamental for Yaldabaoth's plan for control, and he deliberately sets up the targets that the Phantom Thieves remove so they can all be contained in the Prison of Regression, which is the reason for the apathy of these major targets.

Once Yaldabaoth's trickery and deceit is exposed, the Prison of Regression ceases to exist, allowing future targets, such as Takuto Maruki, to genuinely become better people after their treasure is stolen. Although killed months before, it might also be possible for Kunikazu Okumura to revert back to his state before he was taken over by greed, and become a genuinely good parent towards his daughter Haru.

It was later revealed in Royal that Takuto Maruki has a Persona who lets him change hearts without stealing someone's Treasure, albeit only subconsciously at first and only capable of altering their thoughts. He awakened to this power when his fiance Rumi fell into catatonic depression and had a post-traumatic stress episode at the mere mention of Maruki's name. Desperate to help her, Maruki changed her heart by purging her of her trauma, in exchange for the loss of all of her memories with Maruki. Later on, he managed to subconsciously use the same power on Sumire Yoshizawa to relieve her of her trauma by making her believe that she was her deceased sister Kasumi, albeit only subconsciously. After he gains control of Mementos following Yaldabaoth's defeat, Maruki's power turns into altering reality entirely, with the goal of erasing all pain from existence.

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth[]

While not explicitly mentioned by name in-game, Doe's true purpose is to allow Persona users from three generations across to break Hikari free from her borderline suicidal depression and self-loathing due to a lifetime of bullying and emotional abuse. This involves changing the endings of the four movies Doe broadcasts in the Cinema to a positive moral code that encourages her to live on. Once the final movie has been changed by defeating Doe himself, he reveals himself to be a Cognition of her father and she confesses like any other targets the Phantom Thieves are changed and was completely snapped out from her catatonic depression.

Persona 5 Strikers[]

Via Jails, the Change of Hearts are instead abused by their rulers, the Monarchs. The EMMA application is used by the Monarchs to bait other people into accidentally intruding their Jail and have their Desires stolen. As most victims cannot defend themselves in the Metaverse, the Jail's Shadows forcefully take their Desires by plunging their arm into their chest to remove a diamond-shaped object. While the victims are not physically harmed, they will experience a Change of Heart and return to the real world mesmerized by the Monarch, causing obsessive or violent behavior among them that might result in property loss or even violent incidents. Furthermore, any opposition to the Monarch, real or perceived, can get their hearts changed with no physical use of the EMMA app. Unlike the Phantom Thieves' Change of Hearts, this is summed up as nothing short of brainwashing, so they must go into the Jails in order to confront the Monarch and induce a proper Change of Heart on them.

Since Jails do not have a treasure, other methods must be used to take the Desires back to their rightful owners. Monarchs are actually trapped inside a bird cage or a personification of their personal traumas or other disdain, preventing them from escaping and moving away from their past, and forces them to act with a "pay evil unto evil" mindset in mind. This Bird Cage must be infiltrated and its resident Lock Keeper must be destroyed.

After the Lock Keeper Shadow is destroyed and the Monarch is sent a Calling Card in the real world, their Shadow will manifest to defend their accumulated Desires. Unlike Palace owners, simply defeating them and convincing them to take off their crown will promptly release all Desires kept hostage and change the Monarch's heart, returning all back to normal.

If there is no Monarch, then the Lock Keeper also serves as an interim; its destruction will release all of the Desires held in the Jail.

The Change of Heart given by the Phantom Thieves results in the former Monarchs confessing their crimes the next day on public television. Although the Monarch does not have any memory of their Change of Heart, their mental state is the same as they were before due to the lack of a Prison of Regression or equivalent, making them capable of cooperating with the police, which is almost always the case.

While EMMA is already programmed to change hearts to grant humanity's desires, it was only able to use this function after Akira Konoe and Shuzo Ubukata modified it with the ability of cognitive psience, allowing it to generate Jails autonomously and control the Monarch's mentality to match Konoe's mindset, resulting in the Monarchs behaving exactly like whomever traumatized or wronged them as long as they are in charge of the Jails. Konoe sought to use this behavior to wipe out all crime from earth, with a severe disregard of free will.

However, usage of the Jail function by Monarchs to change the public's hearts appears to be separate from the game's final act, where EMMA itself becomes a crazed monstrosity and brainwashes masses of people into giving up their Desires. Instead, daily interaction with the application triggers this behavior from EMMA. This stems from Kuon Ichinose refusing to program EMMA with a proper emotional and understanding algorithm, resulting in EMMA not being able to collect any Desires save for people asking her for advice. Therefore, when she awakens to grant the public's wishes, she was led to believe that the public wished to have it think for them, resulting in the events of the final act.

Despite this incident shaking all of Japan within a few months, Ichinose did not commit any crimes other than abusing the supernatural. Therefore, she was set free and the Phantom Thieves were proven innocent alongside her, with only Konoe arrested for murder and bribery charges.

Playable Protagonist - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Goro Akechi - Sumire Yoshizawa
Confidant Igor - Sojiro Sakura - Chihaya Mifune - Munehisa Iwai - Tae Takemi - Sadayo Kawakami - Ichiko Ohya - Shinya Oda - Hifumi Togo - Yuuki Mishima - Toranosuke Yoshida - Caroline & Justine - Sae Niijima - Takuto Maruki
Major Targets Suguru Kamoshida - Ichiryusai Madarame - Junya Kaneshiro - Shadow Futaba - Kunikazu Okumura - Masayoshi Shido - Holy Grail / Yaldabaoth - Azathoth / Adam Kadmon
Other Principal Kobayakawa - SIU Director - Shiho Suzui - Natsuhiko Nakanohara - Mika - Lala Escargot - Angel and Julian - Medjed - Wakaba Isshiki - Sugimura - President Tanaka - Kazuya Makigami - Naoya Makigami - Shadow Mishima - Shinichi Yoshizawa - Rumi - Shibusawa - Jose - Kasumi Yoshizawa - Coach Hiraguchi
Tokyo Yongen-Jaya (Café Leblanc) - Shibuya - Aoyama-Itchome (Shujin Academy) - Shinjuku - Akihabara - Kichijoji - Ogikubo - Inokashira Park - Tsukishima - Akasaka Mitsuke - Suidobashi - Odaiba Seaside Park - Ichigaya - Ikebukuro - Ginza - Harajuku - Meiji Shrine - Jinbocho - Miura Beach - Maihama (Tokyo Destinyland) - Kanda - Roppongi - Ueno - Asakusa - Chinatown - Nagatacho - Shinagawa - Nakano - Kosei High School
Palace Kamoshida's Palace - Madarame's Palace - Kaneshiro's Palace - Futaba's Palace - Okumura's Palace - Niijima's Palace - Shido's Palace - Mementos (Path of Qimranut - Path of Aiyatsbus - Path of Chemdah - Path of Kaitul - Path of Akzeriyyuth - Path of Adyeshach - Path of Sheriruth - Depths of Mementos - Qliphoth World - Path of Da'at) - Maruki's Palace
Other Velvet Room - Hawaii - Thieves Den
Albums Original Soundtrack (Persona 5 / Royal (JP / EN))
Songs "Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There" - "Life Will Change" - "Beneath the Mask" - "Last Surprise" - "Rivers in the Desert" - "The Whims of Fate" - "Tokyo Daylight" - "Hoshi To Bokura To" - "Break In To Break Out" - "Infinity" - "Dark Sun..." - "Autonomy" - "Found a Light" - "IT'S TOO LATE" - "Colors Flying High" - "Take Over" - "He's a Trickster☆" - "I Believe" - "No More What Ifs" - "Throw Away Your Mask" - "Bokura no Hikari (Our Light)"
Story Persona - Persona user - Shadow - Shadow Self - Second Awakening - Picaro Persona - I am thou - Cognition - P. A. D. - Metaverse - Metaverse Navigator - Mask - Wild Card - Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Phantom Aficionado Website - Antisocial Force - Treasure - Police - Calling Card - Change of Heart - Psychotic breakdown - Mental shutdown - General Public - Seven Deadly Sins - Sea of Souls - Bond - Featherman
School Life Calendar - Weather - Seasons
Confidant - Social Stats - Hideout - Class - Train - Invitations - Gifts - Decorations
Activities Bathhouse - Studying - Diner - Cleaning - Maid Café - Billiards - Books - DVDs - Retro Games - Movie Theater - Big Bang Challenge - Gigolo Arcade - Bed - Batting Cages - Fishing Pond - Crossword Puzzle - Darts - Infiltration Tools - Cooking - Training - Old Temple - Laundry - Part Time Jobs - Shrine - Confessional - Jazz Jin - Houseplant - Refrigerator - TV Quiz Show - Blackboard - Vegetariano - Lottery - Cultivation - Fortune Telling
Vendors Shops: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Vending Machines - Takemi Medical Clinic - Untouchable - Jose's Shop - Home Shopping Program - Tanaka's Shady Commodities - Military Vending Machine
Phantom Life Mementos Requests - Third Eye - Security Level - Search Objects - Treasure Chests - Treasure Demon - Safe Room - Thieves Guild - List of Shadows - List of Bosses - Skill Card - Will Seeds - Deviations
Battle Items: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Skills: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Difficulty - Status Changes - Weaknesses - Traits - Navigator - Tactics - Guard - Follow Up - Harisen Recovery - Endure - Protect - Pickpocket - Party Switch - Baton Pass - One More - Critical - Technical - Showtime - Cut-in - All-Out Attack - Hold Up - Personality - Drops - Game Over - Disaster Shadow
Velvet Room List of Personas: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Fusion - Special Fusion - Hanging - Lockdown - Electric Chair - Arcana - Skill Inheritance - Fusion Accident - Fusion alarm - Challenge Battle
System Trophies: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Cutscenes - New Game Plus - Patches and Updates
Unused Content: (Persona 5 / Royal)
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd. - Sega
Personnel Katsura Hashino - Shigenori Soejima - Shoji Meguro - Lyn Inaizumi - Atsushi Kitajoh - Ryota Kozuka - Kenichi Tsuchiya - Toshiki Konishi - Kazuhisa Wada - Lotus Juice
Other Media
Games Royal - Dancing in Starlight - Strikers
Productions Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers - Persona 5 The Animation (Episodes - Dark Sun... - Stars and Ours - Proof of Justice - Persona 5 the Animation: A Magical Valentine's Day) - Persona O.A. - Persona 5 The Night Breakers - Persona Stalker Club V - PERSORA AWARDS 3 - Persora -The Golden Best 5- - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album - Persona 5 The Stage - Persona VS
Publications Manga - Dengeki Comic Anthology - Comic à La Carte - Comic Anthology (DNA Media Comics) - Tartarus Theater Wild - the Animation Dengeki Comic Anthology - Mementos Mission - Mementos Report - Persona Magazine
Events Super Live 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019 - TGS 2021 - 25th Anniversary Symphonic Concert
20th Anniversary Festival - 25th Anniversary - 25th FES
Take Tokyo Tower - E3 2016 - Morgana's Report
Miscellaneous Merchandise
Playable Protagonist - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Sophia - Zenkichi Hasegawa
Major Targets Alice Hiiragi - Ango Natsume - Mariko Hyodo - Akane Hasegawa - Akira Konoe - Kuon Ichinose - EMMA / False God Demiurge
Other Lavenza - Sojiro Sakura - Miyako Kaburagi - Shuzo Ubukata‎‎ - Jyun Owada - Aoi Hasegawa - Sae Niijima - Akane's Joker
Japan Yongen-Jaya (Café Leblanc) - Shibuya - Sendai - Sapporo - Okinawa - Kyoto - Osaka - Tokyo (Tokyo Tower)
Akasaka Mitsuke - Aoyama-Itchome (Shujin Academy) - Ogikubo - Fukuoka - Yokohama
Jail Shibuya Jail - Sendai Jail - Sapporo Jail - Okinawa Jail - Kyoto Jail - Osaka Jail - Jail of the Abyss - Tree of Knowledge
Other Velvet Room
Albums Original Soundtrack
Songs "You Are Stronger" - "Daredevil" - "Life Will Change" - "What You Wish For" - "Axe to Grind" - "Counter Strike" - "Beneath the Mask" - "Last Surprise" - "Rivers in the Desert" - "Towards a Dream"
Archives & Terminology
Story Persona - Persona User - Shadow - Shadow Self (Monarch) - Treasure Demon - I am thou - Cognition - P. A. D. - Metaverse - Metaverse Navigator - Mask - Wild Card - Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Madicce - Antisocial Force - Police - Calling Card - Change of Heart - General Public - Seven Deadly Sins - Zephyrman
Summer Trip Calendar - Yen - Cooking - Hideout - Shrine
Vendors Shops - Vending Machines - Sophia's Shop - Big Bang Burger
Phantom Life Requests - Third Eye - Security Level - Shadows - Bosses - Lock Keeper - Dire Shadows
Battle Items - Skills - Combo Attacks - Master Arts - Party - Battle Stats - Damage - Accuracy - Experience - Level - Difficulty - Status Changes - Weaknesses - Navigator - Party Switch - Baton Pass - One More - Critical - Technical - Follow Up - Protect - Harisen Recovery - Endure - Cut-in - All-Out Attack - Showtime - BOND - Game Over
Velvet Room List of Personas - Fusion - Arcana - Persona Points
System Trophies - Patches and Updates - New Game Plus - Cutscenes - Steam Profile Items
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd. - Koei Tecmo Games Co., Ltd. - Omega Force
Personnel Daisuke Kaneda - Shigenori Soejima - Atsushi Kitajoh - Lyn Inaizumi - Lotus Juice
Other Media
Events Persona Super Live 2019 - Traveling Morgana's Newsletter
Miscellaneous Merchandise